Champions League: Jose Mourinho in new ref rage as Chelsea suffer Euro Blues against Dynamo Kiev
Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea
Eden Hazard and Willian both hit the woodwork as Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev.
It was a vastly improved display, even on the win over Aston Villa, but Jose Mourinho's men stayed third in Champions League Group G behind Porto and Dynamo, who remained unbeaten.
Mourinho had targeted four points from the double header with Dynamo - the Stamford Bridge return is on November 4 - and would have been content with a point after losing at Porto last time out.
Yet Chelsea came oh so close to returning from NSK Olimpiyskyi with more than that.
Hazard, restored to the starting ling up, hit the post with an early shot, Cesc Fabregas felt he was sandwiched in the box, but penalty appeals were dismissed, and Nemanja Matic beat three men before prodding wide.
Another close call followed when Willian hit the crossbar with a curling free-kick.
Andriy Yarmolenko showed why he is coveted, with some surging runs as Dynamo pressed forwards in the second half, but it finished in a stalemate.
Chelsea will go to West Ham on Saturday with confidence restored but with work still to do domestically and in Europe.
Following the game Mourinho was quick to point to what he felt was a crucial moment in the game, saying: "The referee was weak and naive - a big penalty."
Mourinho's comment appeared to be a pointed reference to what Arsene Wenger called Mike Dean after his Arsenal side lost to Chelsea in a combustible affair last month.
Wenger escaped FA punishment before Mourinho was then fined by the governing body for comments made about another referee, Bobby Madeley.
"I keep not understanding, what the goal referee does because (he) doesn't make a clear decision. When the result is zero-zero and such a penalty is not given it's a crucial moment of the game," he added.
"We hit the post twice, we had a great occasion by Matic, (we had a) solid defensive performance against a dangerous team. To lose this game would have been really bad for us.
"Once more a game without luck, because with a bit of luck you win this game.
"It's okay. We have the destiny in our hands. We play two matches at home and one in Israel. So the qualification depends on us."
John Terry was in agreement, believing the club can secure qualification in front of their home fans in subsequent games.
He said: "It's on us. We maybe could have come away with three points tonight, but we haven't and we move on.
"In front of our home support, a big night under floodlights, it's where we want to be. It's in our hands.
"We haven't got the result we wanted but the desire's still there, the hunger's still there for trophies year after year. There's been a lot of disappointment, but we're collectively together."